Malawi govt recruits 2 227 graduate interns:  Roll out K4.8 bn programme to curb youth unemployment

Government has rolled out K4.8 billion internship programme in various ministries and parastals which will and so far 2,227 youths have been recruited  to curb youth unemployment.

Kasaila: Jobs for youth on temporary basis

Minister of Labour Francis Kasaila announced this on Friday, saying 3,000 people applied but they have found space for 2 227, who will be entitled to K80 000 monthly stipend.

Kasaila said the Ministry intends to recruit 5 000 interns for the 10 months period and the youths can continue expressing interest through applications to be made to the ministry.

The interns, according to Kasaila, have been posted in areas convenient to their home districts so that they do not face challenges of accommodation.

“As Government, we are aware that our youths are facing challenges in as far as access to employment is concerned. That is why in a bid to address this challenge we have rolled out this programme to give the youths the much needed experience,” he said.

The Minister has since urged the ministry departments and parastatals to provide allowances for the recruits whenever they are going for field trips.

He disclosed that the interns will not be entitled to pension, monthly advances, loans and other privileges which the permanent members of staff enjoy.

Kasaila also said the program will be sustainable and it is not using the donor money but from the national budget.

He said all interns are employed on temporary basis and will be engaged from September, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Kasaila advised employers where the interns will be placed to offer them support, so they gain the necessary work experience for the time they will be working at different ministries.

“We urge the employers and supervisors to teach and impart necessary knowledge in the interns and also to assign them different roles within and outside their work stations so that they fully gain experience that will help them get permanent jobs,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries of the programme who has been placed at Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Tabbu Kitta, said she has been unemployed for two years since she Graduated in 2016 from Blantyre International University.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and the work experience I will gain from the internship will help me secure a permanent job,” she said as quoted by Malawi News Agency (Mana).

Kitta said she couldn’t qualify for most vacancies she applied for because she did not have any work experience after graduating.

According to the International Labour Organization, the youth unemployment rate in Malawi from 2007 to 2017 is estimated at 7.97 per cent.

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Tonofbricks
Tonofbricks
3 years ago

This is a good program to give fresh graduates the much-needed job experience. It should be extended to the private sector, i.e. private companies and parastatals should be encouraged to take up these interns and government will pay the allowances. Internship is not a job per se but a way to give these youths exposure away from the theoretical classroom environment. If you google On the Job Trainee (OJT), you’ll find similar programs in many countries and my only surprise is that Malawi didn’t have this all along. In some countries, like Kenya, you can’t graduate without doing an internship.… Read more »

mapuyamurupare
mapuyamurupare
3 years ago

Ma interns ndiye muzimwa mtonjanitu ndipo muzigona pansi pa bridge muzidya dothi basi. K4000 x 30 days = K120 000 rest house imeneyo nyumba simungazipeze mmabomamu. K1000 × 30 days = k30 000 lunch and dinner imeneyo K2000 sopo ndi mafuta. (K152 000 – K80000) = K72000. Ikufunikanso. I am worried for female interns. No hair style basi / make up. Green beer K700×5bottles x 10 days = K35000. Mang’ina K1000 x 10 days = K10000. Cider wa alamu K1000 x 3 battles × 10days k30000. Nanga iwowo alamuwo zao ……K……….. zovala ayi muzivala ma work suite or ovolosi. Muzimwa… Read more »

Naluso
Naluso
3 years ago

Hehehehehehehehehe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to laugh loud! Koma ku DPP alipo olo m’modzi wanzeru? Oh mwina poti paja kwadzadza fake degrees, ma professorship ndi ma doctorate ogula. This is too obvious, a reaction to pressure from Chilima and using government money to buy votes. If it was possible to create these intern positions why wait until now? And why up to June? Up to the elections eti? For your information, when Chilima talked of creating jobs he meant stimulating the economy to create the jobs, a sustainable solution that will also improve ecenomic growth, can you understand this? My advise to… Read more »

Ngailole
Ngailole
3 years ago

The only way to create permanent employment to the youth is to reduce the retiring age of civil servants probably to 55 instead of 60 years.

Samuel
Samuel
3 years ago
Reply to  Ngailole

Udzaziona ukadzakula.

Aalex
Aalex
3 years ago

2019 votes? Hahahaha. Mwawuponda.

Masache
Masache
3 years ago

Campaign tool. I wish elections were coming every year to make government always think for its people. Seriously, this use of public funds for Campaign must stop. Unfortunayely even our parliament if full of corrupted bastards. I cry for mother Malawi.

995
995
3 years ago

10 months and chani?? mwati 80 pin pa mwezi??? So ya feez izakwana liti??koma guys,nonse amene mwatenggedwa musasinthe maganizo after 10 months ife ,,ifeyotu tizakulembani ntchito and salary izakhalapo not this weekend pocket money

Bystander
Bystander
3 years ago

Response to pressure from UTM promise of a million jobs

ENA
ENA
3 years ago
Reply to  Bystander

DPP revealed this plan to employ the youth before Chilima founded UTM. It is Chilima who is trying to steal and modify DPP polices.

MA D7 MA D6
MA D7 MA D6
3 years ago

HOW MANY JOBS CAN/COULD
THAT 145 BILLION KWACHA CREATE ???

HOW MANY JOBS CAN THOSE BILLIONS SWINDLED AT MACRA
CREATE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND
GRAND CHILDREN ???

HOW MANY JOBS CAN BE CREATED FROM THOSE BILLIONS SIPHONED FROM ESCOM ???

HOW MANY JOBS CAN BE CREATED FROM THOSE BILLIONS SIPHONED FROM MRA ???

HOW MANY JOBS COULD BE CHEATED AND MAINTAINED AT
OUR MALAWI SAVINGS BANK WITHOUT THOSE DUBIOUS DEALS? ??

CONCLUSION ==THIS SKC MESSAGE OF HOPE TO OUR YOUTH’S AND THE PEOPLE OF MOTHER MALAWI AS A WHOLE OF CREATING 1 MILLION JOBS IS VIABLE AND WORKABLE

Memory
Memory
3 years ago

Reaction to UTM One million jobs. Muchita react kangati a pumbwa inu

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